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Merrily We Go to Hell (1932)

 -  Comedy | Drama | Romance  -  10 June 1932 (USA)
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A drunken newspaperman is rescued from his alcoholic haze by an heiress whose love sobers him up and encourages him to write a play, but he lapses back into dipsomania.

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Jerry Corbett
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Claire Hempstead
Richard 'Skeets' Gallagher ...
Buck (as Skeets Gallagher)
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Charlie Baxter / 'DeBrion' in play
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Gregory 'Greg' Boleslavsky
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Nere-do-well Jerry Corbett finally meets and marries the right girl, Joan Prentiss. Unfortunately their wedded bliss is interrupted when Jerry's play becomes a hit and he hooks up with the wrong woman from his past. Joan decides that turn-about is fair play and she picks another man to escort her around to various parties around New York. Eventually Jerry quits drinking and sends his girlfriend packing, just in time for Joan to take him back. Written by Anonymous

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In her innocence she expected days and nights of tender love. What she got was a Bitter Shock!

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10 June 1932 (USA)  »

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Blaski i cienie milosci  »

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One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. See more »

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Richard Damery: [after Jerry reads a particularly snide column about him and Joan written by Demery] Any statement to make to the press, Corbett?
Jerry Corbett: Any statement I made to you wouldn't be fit to print.
Richard Damery: [Officiously] Well, I don't know. Yours is just a common case. When we're young, we want to marry for love, and when we're a little older, we marry a Rolls-Royce.
[Jerry punches him]
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On the banks of the Wabash Far Away
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Words and Music by Paul Dresser
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Drink Is The Curse Of The Drinking Class
7 October 2010 | by (Ramsey, NJ) – See all my reviews

Once you get past the appalling title, this is a good picture. It's a Pre-Code film and must have been naughty in its day, but is tame by today's standards. It involves a fairly routine love story pulled out of the doldrums by Director Dorothy Arzner and by exceptional acting performances by the two principals, Frederic March and Sylvia Sidney. Poor Sylvia suffered through countless 30's tearjerkers and she is once again miserable here as the put-upon wife of drunken writer March. Was never a fan of Sylvia's, particularly as she became desiccated and more pathetic in later years, but she never looked lovelier and more appealing than in this movie. Skeets Gallagher plays March's drinking buddy and adds immeasurable stature to the film. He remains one of Hollywood's most shamefully underutilized and overlooked talents.

Was surprised to learn that a strain of Womens Lib flourished in the early 30's, as our heroine declares her independence (more or less) from her inebriated husband and, in addition, her wedding vow did not include the words "honor and obey", which I thought were de rigeur until mid-century. This last may have been a directorial touch of a feminist director.

This is an underrated, under-appreciated movie, especially if you enjoy solid acting and are a sucker for a pretty face, to borrow a phrase.


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